I've been around since prehistoric times in the form of
charcoal, coal, and soot. However, I didn't have the chance to meet my
many relatives until the 1700's when scientists found that amorphous carbon,
graphite, and diamond are all forms of carbon.
Atomic Number: 6
Atomic Mass: 12.011
Melting Point: 3550 degrees Celsius
Boiling Point: 4827 degrees Celsius
Specific Gravity: 1.9 (amorphous), 2.25 (graphite), 3.52 (diamond)
Oxidation States: +2, +4, -4
Electron Configuration: [He] 2s22p2
At room temperatures, I am a little sluggish to begin my work, especially when oxygen is nearby. However, at high temperatures, I perform my duties extremely well; in fact, sometimes my bosses have called me "oxygen hungry." For example, by placing any heated metal near me, I will reduce them from their oxides to their normal state. However, my unwillingness to fluctuate between my three states (amorphous, graphite, and diamond) has often caused employee conflicts. Even though I do have my downfalls, I have still remained popular with my coworkers at the office. For example, I usually work well with others as can be seen in my work as CO, CO2, CCl4, CCl3F, and CCl2F2. My most outstanding achievement occurred back in the 1860's when I met Dmitri Mendeleev, my boss as well as a good friend. His respect for me was so great that he placed me in charge of the entire Employee Management Department. In 1872, after showing my wonderful skills, Mr. Mendeleev gave me the important task of organizing all of my fellow elements based on their character traits. I decided the best way to complete my task was to sort the staff into groups that would work well together. After submitting my findings in a detailed table where I was the defining element, Mendeleev published my work naming it the "Periodic Chart of the Elements."
Here are a few more of my many jobs and any of my employers can be contacted if needed: